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Includes an extra day & departs a month later than last year! 

 It may still be winter in the Midwest, but in beautiful Yosemite National Park and at the grand Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, it’s springtime! 

Experiencing Yosemite this time of year is truly magnificent with it’s thundering waterfalls and if we’re lucky, there could even be a dusting of snow remaining that creates a dramatic backdrop! With mild temperatures, it’s perfect! (Historical average temp. in mid April: 65˚!) 

Springtime at Wonder Valley Ranch Resort: The symphony of spring is carried out by the birds, the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air, and fruit trees are beginning to show fruits! Average temps could be near 80˚! 

Day 1 – Home to Yosemite, CA 

Today we board our flight to San Francisco before we begin our motorcoach tour of Yosemite and Wonder Valley. Surrounded by more than 748,000 acres, 800 miles of trails, and nine waterfalls, Yosemite National Park offers premier accommodations encircled by incredible natural beauty. The newly renovated Yosemite Valley Lodge features energy-saving technology that reflects the Park’s commitment to sustainability and preservation. The picturesque views will be sure to create the perfect experience! Once we’re all checked into our lodge accommodations for the next two nights, we’ll have some time to explore on our own. 

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge (2 Nights) 


Day 2 – Yosemite 

After a wonderful breakfast at our Lodge, we embark on a 2 hour Valley Floor Tour where we will learn about the history, flora and fauna throughout the park. Our tour will take in amazing sights of this world-renowned national park: Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall and more. The afternoon is free to explore the park further before we enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the Lodge. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Day 3 – Yosemite to Wonder Valley, CA 

After another hearty breakfast at the Lodge, it’s “All Aboard” as we ride “the Logger” steam train through the Sierra National Forest. The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is both an entertaining and educational experience. We’ll ride behind a powerful steam locomotive on a train of old-time log cars. After an included lunch at the train station, we continue our journey towards the beautiful serenity and outdoor charm of Wonder Valley Ranch. Wonder Valley is a destination all on its own, as the resort offers plenty to see and do. We’ll enjoy a horse-drawn hayride around the grounds to see all they have to offer. Then no one would blame you if you simply want to stroll the tranquil grounds, sit by the fire and chat, or enjoy one of the many available activities! We’ll settle into our quaint cottages that will be our home for the next four nights in the beautiful surroundings of this 75 acre ranch amongst thousands of oak and sycamore trees. You’ll have some leisure time this afternoon to explore all the resort has to offer before we enjoy dinner at the resort and then partake in a good old campfire with a singing cowboy! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Hotel: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort (4 Nights) 


Day 4 – Wonder Valley area 

This morning after a delightful breakfast we will depart on the interesting Fruit Trail Tour, along with a tour of an underground garden! We’ll enjoy tours of local farms, learn about the industry, and take photos of the beautiful fruit trees. We’ll experience a bit of Sweden while in California as we make a stop in the historical village of Kingsburg for an included lunch. Upon returning to Wonder Valley Ranch, there might be a bit of free time to explore or relax a bit before we enjoy conversation at a hosted happy hour, followed by enjoying another wonderful meal together. This evening be prepared for some fun together with a game night! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 5 – Wonder Valley 

Today, take your time with a leisurely breakfast or a walk around the ranch. We’ll enjoy lunch buffet and dinner at the ranch together, but the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the myraid of optional activities, including horseback rides, archery lessons, kayaks, canoes, or even fishing! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 6 – Wonder Valley area 

After breakfast we will take an unforgettable trip to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Be delighted by the breathtaking scenery as we take a walking tour around the magnificent trees. We will be amazed as we view the oldest living thing in the world: the General Grant tree, named the Nation’s Christmas tree. After seeing some of nature’s best, we return to our resort and freshen up for another fun evening with a hosted happy hour, followed by dinner and a magic show! 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 7 – Wonder Valley to Modesto, CA 

This final morning at the ranch is yours to explore any activities left on your “fun list” that you haven’t checked off already! We’ll check out of our cottages late morning before boarding the motorcoach and traveling to Buchanan Hollow Nut Company for a short talk about the company founder and her story, as well as information about the types of nut trees grown on the farm. Then we’ll have an opportunity to shop for nuts, dried fruits and handmade candies. We’ll stop for lunch on your own along the way. Late in the afternoon we’ll experience culinary agri-tourism at its finest at the Hilmar Cheese Company with first a tour, and then a fabulous farm to table dinner right at the cheese company. We’ll enjoy a mouthwatering dinner, complete with viewing windows for a unique opportunity to watch how cheese is made. Once we’ve filled up on wonderful food, we will check into our hotel near Modesto. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express 


Day 8 – Modesto to Home 

Today following breakfast, we’ll board the coach for the ride to the San Francisco airport for our flight home. Say goodbye to our new traveling friends as we recall wonderful memories of Yosemite and Wonder Valley! 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Flyaway Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $3,499
Single: $4,089

Flyaway Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $235
Single: $305

Travel Bucks

$45 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$200 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 45 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Moderate to Extensive Walking (*Some Uneven Terrain)

Price Includes

Roundtrip Airfare from MSP including all baggage fees, taxes & surcharges, 17 Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 75°
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Tour Highlights

Hilmar Cheese Company Tour & Dinner
2 Nights at Yosemite Valley Lodge
Guided Yosemite Valley Floor Tour
Sugar Pine Railroad
4 Nights at Wonder Valley Ranch Resort including a Horse-drawn Hayride, Campfire with a Singing Cowboy, Game Night, & Magic Show!
Fruit Trail Tour
Underground Garden Tour
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with a Walking Tour

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
Yosemite & Wonder Valley
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 75°
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